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May 6, 2012 6:30pm EDT
of decades. brown, brownstein and i did a book back in the mid 90's and the republican take over of congress in 94 and if you think back into that period. there's one irony that jeff talks about in his book that is that newt gingrich was put in the leadership largely because of the help of moderate republicans and yet it was during the gingrich period that i think there was in many way as decisive turn in this evolution that we continue to look at today. a couple of points. one was the budget deal in 1990 when gingrich bolted from the rest of the republican leader ship and left the white house in anger when they renounceed the deal and went up and organized the forces to try to knock it down and i think that was a critical moment in which the conservative antiestablishment part of the republican party in congress began to flex it's muscles in a much more significant way and we then saw in 1992. i remember doing an interview with tom delay after the 1992 election and i asked him what was the feeling of those who were looking to build a republican party. on the night that georgehw bus
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